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Finding the Missing (Genetic) Piece for Infertile Women

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“I’m infertile.”

When you say those words out loud, whether it’s for the first time or one-hundredth time, they no doubt sound surreal.

No woman believes they’ll face this challenge. After all, giving birth is one of the most natural things you can do, isn’t it?

Sadly, so many of us – too many of us – face the heartbreaking news of infertility.

Fortunately, thanks to modern medicine many of us will find the hope we need in fertility treatment, via donor egg IVF.

Whether you’re looking into the qualifications for egg donor candidacy or you’re wondering whether donor eggs are right for you to grow your family, we want to highlight how donor egg IVF can provide the pregnancy and birth experience you’re looking for.

Intrigued?

Good. Let’s get started!

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Will My Baby Look Like Me? The Questions You Face at the Start of Your Journey

When you begin looking into egg donation, you’ll have a whole host of questions that need answers:

Will my baby look like me?

What if the baby look looks like the egg donor?

Will I share a bond with my baby?

All of these questions are completely normal because this isn’t the usual route you expect to create your dream family.

It’s important to work through these questions and find the answers you’re looking for, perhaps even talking through your goals and concerns with a counselor.

Over time, and with the right research, you’ll gain an understanding of what connections you can expect to have with your baby.

 

Choosing the Genetics of Your Baby

When you start searching for an egg donor, you have two choices – using someone you know or using an anonymous donor from a donor program.

The first option may initially appeal to you, as you can opt for a family member whose genes you share. But, always consider how this will work in the future; will the donor want your baby to know who they are?

On the other hand, with an anonymous donor, you won’t know the donor’s full name and details, but you’ll know their educational, professional, and medical backgrounds. You’ll know what they look like, what academic achievements they have, what type of personality they have, and other information.

This gives insight into the potential genetics your baby will have, allowing you to choose a candidate similar to yourself, if you desire.

 

Passing on Your Own Genetic Material?

As well as having the ability to influence your baby’s genes through your choice of donor, recent research demonstrates how women using donor eggs may still influence how their baby’s genes are expressed.

How?

Tiny molecules containing genetic material (microRNAs) may pass from the endometrial fluid to the baby, acting as an information system. This can potentially influence your baby’s genes, thus adding to the unbreakable connection you’re already creating with your baby.

 

Weaving Your Own Unique Bond

Genetics aside, egg donation gives you the unique and heartwarming ability to carry and give birth to your baby – something adoption is unable to offer.

Whether it’s feeling their first kick or simply placing your hand on your stomach with the knowledge that they’re growing inside you, these experiences help forge a bond only a mother and child can enjoy.

You, and only you, are this child’s mother – and genetics alone cannot forge this irrevocable connection.

 

Remember – Genetics Aren’t Everything

Not sharing a genetic connection with your child is often one of the hardest hurdles to overcome about egg donation. Understandably so, as it’s a significant concern.

But don’t forget – no mother, whether she gives birth to her baby naturally or through traditional IVF, can guarantee her genes will make her baby look like her, act like her, or resemble those all-important family traits.

As you can see, you – the donor egg recipient – have more control over the genetics of your baby than most others. You’re the one who’ll bring them into this world, help them grow, and develop their own personality and individual traits, which goes way beyond genetics.

 

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Happy World Book and Copyright Day

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Today is World Book and Copyright Day. The kids wore their pyjamas to school and were super excited. It is all about reading some of their favourite books today, and they love reading, so you can imagine the excitement. At the moment, the twins’ favourite books are I am an Artist by Marta Altes and Max the Brave by Ed Vere. They would happily read them everyday if possible.

I am a lover of books myself. I love reading and I am currently challenging myself to read a book a week. It has been successful so far, I am a few days behind but I know I will catch up soon. I am currently reading – Why Love Matters: How affection shapes a baby’s brain by Sue Herhardt, on my Amazon Kindle. It is a great book with so much valuable parenting information. All parents should read it. It is a book I am learning a lot from. What are you reading?

 

World Book Day also known as International Day of the Book is an annual event the organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to promote reading, publishing, and copyright. It is amazing to have a day dedicated to reading, publishing and copyright. As a book lover, that is so important to me. The fact this day celebrates these important things is good as they are how I make my bread and butter.

 

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Copyright Issues

I have had my own fair share of copyright issues. There were a few bold blog post thieves I had the misfortune of dealing with last year, which is why my blog content is now protected. You can’t copy anything on my blog with the copy and paste function. I had to get the plugin for that because many blog thieves were busy reproducing my content on their blogs. It was such a distressing time. I felt completely violated and the fact that these people had the audacity to steal my work was so frustrating.

Many of the blogs were reported and the content were taken down once I discovered them. I can’t understand why anyone would think it is okay to steal a blog post but then again we have all sorts of fraudsters around.

 

 

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Anyways, happy World Book and Copyright Day. I hope your head is buried in a book or a blog post wherever you are 😊

 

 

What to do with the kids for half term when you don’t drive

Half term is here and at last, and we are excited to get a break from school. The kids have had a good few weeks at school, but have been very tired as well. So this half term break is needed. Although I have my car, I currently don’t drive (can’t drive on my own) because I am yet to pass my driving practical test. The plan is to get that sorted in the next few months. I am currently taking 2 hours driving lessons every week, and I am also driving outside those hours, so my confidence is growing. The lessons are going really well. I am looking forward to smashing the driving test but the reality for now is cabs/trains to get out and about when alone.

Many parents secretly dread half term weeks and the big summer break because they never know what to do with the kids. So the privileged amongst us always make sure we have all sorts of activities planned so the kids don’t drive them mad.

 

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No plans this half term?

Well, this half term, we have no major plans. And with me not being able to drive without M (he will be at work), it means our activities are quite limited. I am dreading the half term week and the kids are not bothered they won’t be going away. It is the fact so being bothered won’t change it anyway. But I need to think outside the box in order to keep the twins busy.

Last half term in October, we spent it in Portugal, and we had a lovely time exploring the city of Algarves. This half term we were tempted to go for a short break in a different city in the UK, but decided not to for many reasons. So this half term will be spent at home with us relaxing and taking it easy activities wise.

Here are some fun things we plan to do this half term –

 

Go for walks

The weather has been good here in Cheshire for the last couple of days, and I hope it continues to be good. We have long walks planned in for the half term break. We will put on comfy shoes and coats, and head out exploring our little village. The kiddies love going for walks, especially my son, so we will be doing a lot of that. We will also be getting out the bikes and scooters for some fun rides.

 

Swimming

The kiddies have swimming lessons planned out. They are learning to swim and developing the skills they need, so we will be have more of the lessons this half term week. The swimming centre is not too far away, so a short taxi or bus ride would work.

 

Indoor play

There will be a lot of Indoor play this half term. The kids never really have the time to play with their toys as they are very tired after school and homework. So they will be making the most of the free time they have this week, which will hopefully allow me get some peace and quiet.

 

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Meet-up with friends

It is always nice spending quality time with friends and family. We will be meeting up with friends during the week, and playing catch up over a cup of tea. It should be fun.

Working on their new skills

My children are now free readers. They are reading and writing amazingly well for the age, and they enjoy practising. Which is why they are always happy to pick up a book from their bookshelves to read. You can also easily find them colouring in their colouring books, playing with some play-doh, or writing on their writing pads. I know a good couple of hours will be spent doing these activities this week.

 

Outdoor play

We are blessed to live in a great neighbourhood with 2 playgrounds very close to us. We will be visiting both playgrounds for some outdoor fun this week. I know the kids would spend hours doing this if I left them. I am hoping I won’t have to drag them home when it is home time.

 

Soft play

The kiddies love soft play centres, so we will be visiting a couple this half term week. They never get tired of running around the centre and I can have some peace (hopefully) watching them from a distance. We have some soft play centres not too far away from us.

 

If you don’t drive, what plans do you have for the kids this half term? If you do drive, please share your plans in the comments section as well.

Thanks for reading. Have a great week.

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